Dr. Utkal is an electronics engineering, a senior IEEE professional member, and secretary IEEE Fiji Subsection.
He has over 19 years’ experience in both academics and research in various educational institutes and industries. Received the Ph.D. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-G), in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
He worked as the Project Engineer in R&D for a multinational US-based company.
His skills are with analog circuit design, reprogrammable processors in automation and robotics.
Currently, he is doing research in areas with fractional calculus applications for system modeling, identification techniques in time and frequency domain, fractional order control and various robotics applications for medical and industrial automation.
Flexible fractional supercapacitor model analyzed in the time domain
Verification of data sparsification technique in smart grid communication
A flexible dashboard panel system for electric vehicle
A novel approach of fractional-order time delay system modeling based on Haar wavelet
Practical test for closed-loop identification and control on Magnetic Levitation system: a fractional-order approach
Fractional - order models of time-delay systems using Walsh operational matrices
Smith predictor with sliding mode control for processes with large dead times
A Low-Cost Linear Force Feedback Control System for a Two-Fingered Parallel Configuration Gripper
Digital Energy Monitor: Design, Simulations, and Prototype
Maze solving robot with automated obstacle avoidance
Fuzzy PD+I hybrid controller for load frequency control
A Fuzzy Decision in Smart Fire and Home Security System
Optimal fuzzy fractional PDμ plus I hybrid controller for power systems via WOA
Smart Path Guidance Mobile Aid for Visually Disabled Persons
Real-time classification of American sign language for fingerspelling purpose
Fractional-order PI controller for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor: A design-based comparative study
Simple FOPI tuning method for real - order time-delay systems
Ph.D. Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, IIT, 2011
M. Egg. Department of Electrical Engineering - Automatic Control & Robotics, M S University Baroda, India, 2003
B. Egg. Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Gujarat University, India, 1999
HONORS AND AWARDS
Supervised Ph.D. student, received VC’s Best Student Research Award 2018.
2019 Faculty prize for excellence in Teaching
Winner in iHack Challenge Idea Competition on 20th March 2019, with the title of the project "Deep Learning for Marine Research and Exploration" and received award money total $2000.
2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Innovation award
Supervised students won the trophy with 1st position in the ANZ Pacific-Innovation-Challenge 2017, with the theme ‘Pacific flavored hackathon’ between the local rival universities.
Awarded Academic Staff mobility under ERASMUS+ KA107-24005 – ICM – the University of Valladolid for 2017.
Secured F$13,000 grant from SP funding as PI for the FSTE Braille Eye Slate project 2017.
Secured F$51,000 grant from SP funding as PI for PEVESPAC = PEMFC for Electric Vehicles Application in the South Pacific regions) 2017.
Secured F$33,145 grant package from Research Office, USP under SRT Project in 2017.
The project, ‘Eye Braille Slate’ awarded 1st among top listed projects in IEEE Young Engineers’ Humanitarian challenge in 2016.
2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Innovation award.
Secured F$49,392 grant package from Research Office, USP under SRT Project, 2016.
Secured F$1,486 grant from LTA Fiji Govt. for engineering project’s supervision, 2016.
Grant received U$500 from IEEE R-10, 2016 for the most innovative projects.
Secured an F$1250 grant package from the FSTE Research fund, USP, 2015.
Secured U$500 grant from IEEE Asian-Pacific Region-10 in engineering contest, 2014.
Secured an F$4,500 grant package from FSTE Research fund, USP, 2013
Received a ₹10,000 grant from the All India Young Engineers Humanitarian Challenge 2012 for the project “Metropolitan Area Traffic Guidance System”, sponsored by IEEE India.
Scholarship for higher studies (Ph.D.) from AICTE, Govt of India, 2008-2011
Young Scientist – International Travel Support (ITS) Grant from DST, Govt Of India, 2010
Gold Medal for standing first in HSC, IPCL School, 1995